The Importance Of Forgiveness
We have all been hurt and wronged in this life. No human is perfect and we all make mistakes. It’s human nature. We may have trouble letting go of anger or even consider seeking revenge. But it is true that the best revenge is living a happy life. When the people who are against you see that they cannot ruin your happiness, they have lost their power.
Forgiveness can be difficult if the person who wronged us doesn’t seem to deserve our forgiveness. But when we go through life holding on to pain and resentment, we are harming ourselves much more than our offender. Living with bitterness and unforgiveness can poison your soul and destroy your peace. Reliving these grievances keeps us stuck in the past and causes us to miss out on the beauty of today. Thinking about the person who hurt you means that he or she has control over your thoughts and feelings. Staying angry also wastes your energy and time and can take a toll on your health.
When we forgive others, we are not condoning what they did to us, we are simply releasing it’s hold on us. Sometimes we have to cut repeat offenders out of our life and move forward without them. Forgiveness allows us to live in the present and focus on greater things in life. While we may never forget the offense, it can seem forgotten by leaving it in the past where it belongs.
The most important reason to forgive is because we have been forgiven. Our sin slates were wiped clean when Jesus died on the cross. No matter what anyone does to you, you’ll never have to forgive anyone more than God has already forgiven you. If you still have trouble forgiving, pray for the ability to forgive others in the same way and to the same extent that God has forgiven and freed us.